Just a few moments ago, June 16, 2016, the Wine developers have announced the release of the third maintenance update in the stable Wine 1.8 series of the open-source software used for running Windows apps and games on Linux.
Wine 1.8.3 comes as an unexpected released, after less than a week from the announcement of Wine 1.9.12, the most advanced development snapshot of the project, to fix a total of 54 issues that have been reported by users since Wine 1.8.2 released in back in April 2016.
As mentioned before, Wine 1.8.3 is the third stable update of Wine 1.8, and looking at the release highlights, we can’t help but notice that it is mostly a bugfix release, but it also updates the National Language Support (NLS) files and adds support for numerous Nvidia graphics cards in the GPU description table.
The full changelog, however, shows us that many Nvidia GPUs were incorrectly detected. These include Nvidia GeForce 9700M, which was detected as 9400M, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M, which was detected as GTX 470M, Nvidia Geforce 980 Maxwell, as well as Nvidia 800 series cards.
Many Windows games and apps received improvements
As with any new maintenance release of Wine, many Windows games and applications recive improvements, which means that they no longer crash or run as expected. Among the Windows apps that received fixes, we can mention TeX2Word, MJ’s Help Diagnostics, ElsterFormular, Microsoft Office 2010, OCCT Perestroïka, and Autodesk Fusion 360.
Apps like Microsoft OneDrive, Ableton Live 9.1, Microsoft Office 2007, Process Hacker 2.x, Tencent QQ 7.6, GoodSync, Mail.Ru GameCenter installer, GOG.com installer, Stars!, Camtasia Studio 8, CLM Explorer, EveHQ2, Windows SDK DirectWrite, 3dmark Vantage Benchmark, and various Adobe Cloud apps should also work better with Wine 1.8.3.
Lastly, Wine 1.8.3 improves support for the Safecracker, Destination: Treasure Island, Nostradamus: Lost Prophecy, Dracula 3, Return to Mysterious Island 2, Mystic Diary – Haunted Island, Metal Gear Solid, Simutronics, Dragon Age 2, Gothic 2 English Demo, Eden Eternal, MotoGP 3 Demo, SCP Containment Breach, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Need for Speed: Carbon, and Prison Tycoon 4 Windows games.
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